Ex-homeless mom pays off lunch tabs for poor kids after little boy’s ‘two lunches’ story goes viral
Josette Duran’s son noticed a little boy sitting by himself in the lunchroom eating nothing but a fruit cup. So, he started asking his mom to make an extra lunch for him to take.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico mom went viral online after filming a video talking about the incident, according to KCCI news. When the little boy’s mother found out about his new friend and mom bringing him lunch she tried to give Duran some money, but Duran refused. The boy’s mom explained that she lost her job and simply couldn’t afford the school lunch.
“She said ‘I know this isn’t much, but I just got a job and I know you’ve been feeding my son,'” Duran said.
As gratitude, the school’s volleyball team, that Duran coaches, also helped raise over $400. Instead of paying herself back or buying herself something nice, she used the money to pay all of the lunchroom bills of students who owed money for their tabs.
“We paid up all the past due accounts for all the kids who need lunch,” Duran said as she choked back tears. “So now, nobody in that school owes any money, and now everyone can eat.”
Duran explained that she and her son understand what it’s like not to have much because they once were forced to live out of her car.
“This hits home to me because a few years ago, me and my son were homeless,” Duran said. “I was living in my car and I was washing him in bathrooms. And we didn’t have food.”
Duran taught the school an important lesson about compassion, but the little boy not only gets to eat lunch, he’s not alone.
“I have friends, and I’m doing better in school, and you have a great son, and he’s my best friend,” Duran said the boy told her.
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